By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) As he sails towards acquittal in the Senate following the four-month impeachment odyssey imposed on him by House Democrats, President Donald Trump’s third State of the Union address will focus on a positive, upbeat message for the country, the White House said Monday.
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As Democratic voters went to the polls in the nation’s first nominating caucus in Iowa, the president was hunkering down and concentrating on how to continue implementing policies he believes will lead to even more growth, prosperity, and peace than the country has experienced since he took office.
But a positive message is his way of seeming bigger than the petty politics and, some insist, acts of treason that have engulfed his presidency thus far.
“I think success is the best revenge,” lead presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.
“Winning finishes many sentences and the president will show up and barrel through as he always does,” she continued.
“He will take his message to the people so that they can hear what’s been happening in their country — uncensored by a bunch of critics and naysayers who have not been telling the truth and have been on his back since [he announced his 2016 bid].”
When the president enters the House chamber Tuesday, he will not have officially been acquitted yet, a point that has upset conservatives and Trump voters who have lashed out at Republican Senate leaders for waiting to vote until Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the acquittal seems assured despite last-minute attempts by Democrats and their media allies to appeal to GOP senators to vote to impeach.
Fox News reported further:
The president’s State of the Union address slated for Tuesday night comes amid the impeachment battle on Capitol Hill. The Senate is expected to hold its final impeachment vote the following day on whether to remove the president from office or to acquit him of the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
At this point, with Republicans in control of the Senate and a two-thirds majority needed to secure conviction, Trump is all but certain to be acquitted. Last week, the Senate voted 51-49 not to call any additional witnesses, despite House Democrats hoping to hear from figures like former national security adviser John Bolton, who essentially alleged the kind of quid pro quo that Trump has long denied. …
The president himself seemed unruffled by the timing of it all — preparing to deliver his annual address with the final impeachment vote looming. Not even former President Bill Clinton had to contend with a Senate trial vote and State of the Union within 24 hours of each other. When asked over the weekend whether he’d consider delaying the address until after Wednesday’s vote, he said no.
“No, I’m gonna have it,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during an exclusive interview Sunday. “It’s going to be done. We’re going to talk about the achievements we’ve made. Nobody’s made achievements like we’ve made. So many different things.”
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